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Reports: Damian Lillard is Likely to Request a Trade to the Miami Heat if He’s Traded Elsewhere

The Damian Lillard trade sweepstakes has hit a setback as some mystery Eastern Conference teams have shown interest in acquiring him from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Despite Lillard’s trade request to the Miami Heat over two months ago, recent reports suggest that no substantial progress has been made in negotiations, highlighting that the Blazers have been exploring options with other teams.

The Blazers are hesitant to engage in serious talks with the Heat unless Miami improves its offer beyond the expected assets in the Damian Lillard trade, Reports’ Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang.

Also, should Damian Lillard be traded to a team other than the Miami Heat, it is anticipated that he will request a trade specifically to join the Heat.

Damian Lillard was selected as the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, following four seasons of college basketball at Weber State University.

Throughout his four years at Weber State University, he consistently averaged over 11 points and more than 3 rebounds per season.

Now at the age of 33, Lillard has completed 11 seasons in the NBA, exclusively with the Portland Trail Blazers.

During the 2022-23 regular season, he achieved a career-best average of 32.2 points per game, along with 4.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game in all 58 games he started.

Notably, he displayed remarkable shooting efficiency, making 46.3 percent of his field-goal attempts and 37.1 percent of his three-point shots.

Lillard’s impressive performance during the 2022-23 regular season earned him his seventh All-Star selection and a spot on the All-NBA Third Team.

Despite Lillard’s outstanding season, the Portland Trail Blazers failed to make the playoffs, finishing with a disappointing 33-49 record, placing them ahead of only the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference standings.

Although the report by Jackson and Chiang suggests that the Trail Blazers have been hesitant to discuss trading Lillard to the Miami Heat, it appears increasingly likely that the seven-time All-Star will eventually join Miami. Therefore, Miami fans have reason to remain optimistic.

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